The “Apple-like” pre-launch of Model 3 by Tesla has kicked off a “range war.” Obviously under pressure from Tesla’s Model 3 with its proclaimed 215 miles per charge, GM has upped its “range claim” saying that its upcoming Bolt prototypes have gone past the 200 miles milestone.
The GM’s Update on Bolt’s ‘200 Miles Range’ was conveyed at GM’s Alternative Energy Center by General Director of Electrification, Tim Grewe.
He said Bolt prototypes have already pushed past the 200 miles threshold it had previously advertised, reports Electrek.
However, analysts have not missed the timing of the GM’s update. It happened barely a week after Tesla unveiled its Model 3 with a claim of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rated range of 215 miles on a single charge.
Prior to the Model 3 unveiling, Tesla was only mulling Model 3 to have a “minimum of 200 miles” on a single charge. But CEO Elon Musk had a stunner while stating that Tesla will achieve 215 miles on an EPA cycle.
No, Tesla is not stopping at that. The 215 miles is only for its base version starting at $35,000, and for higher-end versions, the bigger battery pack will push it to 300 miles of range.
For one thing, comparisons between the two are inevitable as industry analysts argue that the Model 3 and the Bolt are competing in the same market range and price band. Bolt starts at $37,500 and Model 3 has the entry-level price at $35,000.
However, GM’s claims can be subject to test. Unlike Tesla, GM has already announced the details of its battery pack for Bolt where it claimed a capacity of 60 kWh with 288 lithium-ion cells in three groups of 96-cell, weighing 435 kg.
Meanwhile, a report in the CNet highlighted GM’s Bolt thrust is a determined attempt to surpass the limitations of its previous electric car offering, the Spark EV. With Bolt, GM is making sure that the battery does not eat into the car’s interior space. The big battery of Bolt, weighing 436 kg vs. the Spark EV’s 215 kg has a lithium-ion unit with high nickel content for ensuring enhanced heat tolerance.
Also, Bolt’s battery capacity is a tad lower than Tesla’s 70 kWh figure, which is the smallest battery pack that it is currently selling.